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IoIC is part of the Government Communication Service’s new advisory panel, which will provide career support to communications professionals whose roles have been impacted by Covid-19.

As one unified voice representing the communications sector, the panel will provide strategic leadership for the profession and offer practical support for specialists. Advice and insight from these experts will also help shape the Government’s Covid-19 communication activities.

The advisory panel will contribute to the implementation of this support, which includes:

  • a new portal on the GCS website listing communication roles in government; the service is available to communication professionals with government and non-government backgrounds
  • inviting communications practitioners in the UK to register via the portal their availability for any potential work within government
  • virtual career support, including mentoring and CV guidance
  • a virtual professional development offer (free and paid-for webinars) 
  • facilitating secondments, shadowing and pooling resources where appropriate.

In addition, IoIC is offering free membership for six months to those who have lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic, giving access to all the associated benefits and resources membership allows.

Jennifer Sproul, IoIC chief executive, says: “The Covid-19 pandemic has already had a profound impact on our profession and we need to support colleagues in every way we can. This partnership with our professional body colleagues and the government will provide the practical help needed by communication professionals who have seen their jobs adversely impacted by Covid-19. 

“As a group, we are committed to offering a broad range of support and advice to a vital profession that will have a major role to play in rebuilding the recovering economy and I am pleased that IoIC is part of this cross-collaboration project.

The advisory panel includes leaders from across the UK communications industry: 

  • The Government Communication Service (GCS)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
  • Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC)
  • Local Government Association
  • Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA).

Read the full notice from the Government Communication Service.


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